Three grape wines from Nova Scotian wineries will be selected to receive the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines.
The call for submissions for this year’s award was announced today, April 15. The award, established by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant in 2014, recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines and honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry.
The administration of the award is conducted in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia. Those organizations will outline the submission process and criteria to their member wineries. Each winery is invited to submit up to three commercially available grape wines that have 100 per cent Nova Scotia content.
The wines will be judged in June by a panel of 11 experienced, independent wine experts through a blind tasting process. The winning wines will be announced at an awards ceremony at Government House on July 21.
“Since its launch, this award has been very successful in highlighting the excellent Nova Scotian wines that have emerged to rank amongst the best wines in Canada,” said Gillian Mainguy, manager of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotians can take great pride in the achievements of its wine industry.”
The winning wines in 2015 were:
— L’Acadie Vineyards, Vintage Cuvée Rosé, 2011
— Domaine de Grand Pré, Riesling Icewine, 2013
— Gaspereau Vineyards, Riesling, 2013